Dastyari’s position untenable: Bishop
Sam Dastyari’s position as a Labor senator is “untenable” after leaked audio suggested he defended China’s controversial South China Sea policy in defiance of the ALP stance, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.
“The Chinese integrity of its borders is a matter for China,” Senator Dastyari said in the audio from a press conference with Chinese reporters in June 2016 and published in various media outlets on Wednesday.
Senator Dastyari had previously said he had only “incorrectly” mumbled an answer to a question he should not have taken
Ms Bishop called for Senator Dastyari’s scalp saying the release of this audio tape is further evidence that his position as a parliamentarian is untenable.
“It is time for his lies and his cover-ups to stop,” she told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
“Senator Dastyari must reconsider his position as a senator.”
Defence Minister Marise Payne joined Ms Bishop in condemning the senator, saying his “recklessness” shows Labor can’t be trusted on defence and national security.
“It is clear that Labor cannot be trusted and that they will say anything to Australian media while telling a vastly different story to foreign audiences,” she said in a statement
Source : 9News